hi :) i am new here too. i'm finishing my phd dissertation. hopefully by jan 25. i have been abd for 3 or 4 years. I passed my comprehensive exams 5 years ago, and i'm not sure how long after that i defended my prospectus, but the time has come to go! :) so this morning, sunday, i just put my computer back together on my new desk, which has a pull out keyboard drawer! i am so happy about that. big excuse gone forever. okay, my pact for the day is to alternately cook a turkey and some homemade spaghetti sauce plus spend the entire day and evening writing and revising my section 1.3. I have to submit the entire draft, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 on Thursday morning, so that gives me *four whole days* including today to revise and create. that's a long time, right? okay, baby steps, turtle power..... tortoise mojo. my graduation deadline is 1/25. interim deadlines look like sept 15 for main chapter, oct 15 for last resort chapter, nov. 15 for proportionality/likelihood of success chapter, dec 15 for right intention and competent authority, and jan 15 for intro and conclusions. i have drafts and ideas about each chapter, so if i keep myself to the grindstone, i can do it. go go go!